Grade Levels: K-3

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP Jr. topic Iroquois, and supports the standard of describing how language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of wampum belts, like this:

Prompt students to share what they notice and wonder about the wampum belts. 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Play the Iroquois movie.  
  • Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and discuss it as a class. Then play to see how Annie answers it. 

TIP: The pause button turns red to remind you to pause. 

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, demonstrating what they learned about the topic while applying essential literacy skills.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about the Iroquois while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student or grade-level needs.

  • Draw About It: Draw a picture of a longhouse. 
  • Activity: Design a wampum belt to honor somebody or to record a special event. 
  • Talk About It: Answer questions to share information about the Iroquois people. 
  • Write About It: Write about traditions and stories that you pass down in your family. 

More to Explore 

Native Americans Unit: Continue to build understanding around Native American culture by exploring more BrainPOP Jr. topics.

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